NCIS: Hawai'i is an American action crime drama and police procedural television series that premiered on CBS on September 20, 2021. It is a spin-off of the long-running series NCIS, and is the fourth series in the NCIS franchise. The series was written and executive produced by Christopher Silber, Jan Nash and Mark Bosack who are also serving as writers and executive producers alongside Larry Teng who directed the pilot. It was produced by CBS Studios.
Tree Adams who originally composed the background music for NCIS: New Orleans Season 4, 5, 6 and 7 currently serves as the composer of background music for NCIS: Hawaii.
NCIS: Hawaii Season 1 began on September 20, 2021 and concluded on May 23, 2022 with the season season premiere episode set to air on Monday September 19, 2022.
The series is set to follow a fictional team of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents who work out of the Pearl Harbor Field Office which is led by Special Agent Jane Tennant. The team Investigates crimes that is related to the Military and National Security.
- Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant
- Yasmine Al-Bustami as Lucy Tara
- Jason Antoon as Ernie Malik
- Noah Mills as Jesse Boone
- Tori Anderson as Kate Whistler
- Kian Talan as Alex Tennant
- Alex Tarrant as Kai Holman
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On February 16, 2021, it was reported that deals were being finalized on a potential fourth series in the NCIS franchise, titled NCIS: Hawai'i, as it neared a straight-to-series order from CBS. It was also revealed that series would be created and executive-produced by Christopher Silber, Jan Nash, and Matt Bosack, with Silber also serving as showrunner. Unlike the other series in the franchise, it is not planned to start with a backdoor pilot within another series. The series location would also create potential crossover opportunities with CBS' other Hawaii-based drama, Magnum P.I. NCIS: Los Angeles previously crossed over with Magnum P.I.'s now concluded sister series, Hawaii Five-0, in 2012. It was also announced that the producers had already started looking for a director for a pilot and were working on hiring writers.
In early April 2021, it was reported that the series was expected to be picked up for the 2021–22 television season On April 23, 2021, CBS officially ordered NCIS: Hawaii to series. Larry Teng was also announced to be executive producing the pilot episode. On October 11, 2021, CBS gave the series a full season order. On January 3, 2022, it was announced that a crossover with the nineteenth season of parent series NCIS would be taking place on March 28, 2022. Showrunners of both series had previously mentioned crossing over and CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl had stated that discussion about a crossover would start after NCIS: Hawai'i finished its first batch of episodes. On March 31, 2022, CBS renewed the series for a second season.
On April 7, 2021, it was reported that CBS was looking to cast a female lead for the NCIS: Hawaii making it the first series in the franchise to do so. The character for the female lead has been tentatively named Jane Tennant and casting is currently underway for the role as well as other principal characters. In April 30, it was announced that Vanessa Lachey was casted in the role as Jane Tennant, while Yasmine Al-Bustami and Jason Antoon were also casted in regular roles as Lucy and Ernie, respectively. It was later announced that Noah Mills had joined the cast as Jesse. Tori Anderson and Kian Talan were cast as series regulars in the roles of Kate Whistler and Alex. On June 8, 2021, Alex Tarrant joined the main cast as Kai and Enver Gjokaj was announced to be recurring as Joe Milius.
The series is planned to use the production facilitates built for Hawaii Five-0, which concluded in 2020. Larry Teng is set to direct the series pilot episode. Filming for the series began at an undisclosed location on the North Shore of Oahu with a traditional Hawaiian blessing on June 16, 2021. Two days later on June 18, filming took place at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam. Both the first and second episodes had concluded filming by July 22.
Caroline Framke of Variety gave the premiere a positive review and wrote: "The show still feels of a piece with "NCIS" proper, military jargon, efficient dialogue, flashy mysteries and all. If you're already a fan, it's worth giving a shot. If not, there are plenty of other shows in the sea."
- CBS announced its fall broadcast schedule on May 19, 2021, for the 2021–22 television season, with the new series on Mondays at 10:00 PM ET, immediately following parent series NCIS. The first teaser trailer was released on the same date featuring Lachey speaking about the premise and her role on the series. On July 12, 2021, CBS announced a series premiere date of September 20, 2021.